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Hooding Information

Doctoral candidates and mentors should review these instructions and watch the video below about doctoral hooding.

Hooding Overview

Doctoral candidates who are being hooded are responsible for arranging with their faculty mentors to meet them at Gladstein Fieldhouse, 1001 E. 17th Street, directly east of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (where May Graduate Commencement takes place) for robing and lineup. Both students and their faculty mentors are instructed to arrive for robing and lineup by 1 p.m. on Friday, May 5.

All doctoral candidates will enter Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and be directed to seating by marshals and event staff. Students who are being hooded by mentors walk in and sit with those mentors. Students are asked to review these guidelines with their mentors prior to Commencement day, and to make plans to meet up at Gladstein Fieldhouse for robing on the day of the ceremony.

Only members of the Indiana University faculty may hood doctoral candidates. Students who do not have a faculty mentor present will be hooded by Commencement marshals.

Hooding Instructions for Students and Their Mentors:

  • Each doctoral student will carry his or her own hood during the procession and during the ceremony. It should be unfolded and draped over the student's left arm.

  • During robing and lineup, the student will receive name cards, which will be used for the introduction during the ceremony. Students fill out the cards, printing their names legibly and using phonetic spellings for names that might be difficult to pronounce.

  • When a school is called forward, the student and mentor stand and follow the directions of the marshals, who lead students toward the stage. Mentors will be directed to small platforms in front of the stage to await their students. Students who are not accompanied by mentors will be directed by the marshals.

  • Students, with their hoods draped over their left arms and carrying their name cards in their right hands, will climb several steps to the stage. Each candidate will present his or her name cards to the reader and sign language interpreter, who will introduce the candidate. Candidates will then process across the stage, shaking hands with university leaders.

  • When degree candidates leave the stage, they will proceed to the area on the floor in front of the stage and be hooded by their mentors or by a faculty marshal.

  • For the hooding, candidates should remove their caps and face away from the mentor or marshal, who will place the hood over the candidate’s head.

  • Once hooding is completed, the student and the mentor return to their seats.

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